Most people know how to cook with wine, but don't know how to cook with beer. After all, everyone knows how to make a red wine sauce for pasta, or a white wine sauce for seafood. That being said, there's not much you can do in terms of cooking with beer - or is there?
As I reach for my third water bottle within the hour to cure my killer hangover, I think back to the vague events of the night before. I scroll through my camera roll at the numerous pictures taken to help my memory. Cheeks pressing together with big smiles pass by, live photos capture stumbling dancers. The next photo is one of me by myself, and from the first glance at my eyes, low and red, I get an intrusive thought, one that has haunted me for years: Am I becoming my father’s daughter? After a decade of watching his internal battle with alcohol addiction, I have suppressed numerous lingering questions that have perplexed my subconscious. The one that stumps me the most, may be the most significant one to find an answer to: Is alcohol addiction a choice or a disease?
There are many cheap beers out there on store shelves, but let's just be real about this: cheap booze doesn't always taste good. Natural Ice, for example, has rightfully earned its reputation for being one of the worst beers money can buy.
Beer is much maligned. We're often told that the health benefits of beer are really nonexistent. We're warned about the dreaded "beer belly" and about how it makes us make bad decisions.
Beer is a beautiful thing, but if you drink too much of it, you end up “wasted” and “yelling at the elderly” and “ruining your sister’s rehearsal dinner.” Enter low-alcohol beers, providing just as much flavor and freshness with lower alcohol content. If you want to spend the spring and summer enjoying cold ones without as much alcoholic kick, here are the best low-alcohol beers to sample.
Strong beers have a special place in many people's hearts, primarily because they involve the delicious fizz of beer with a very powerful alcoholic punch. They get you blitzed without requiring six or more of them per sitting, and that makes them amazing.
In a world of ever-expanding options, it can be really difficult to find the best beers, especially if you aren't really sure if there's a difference between a pilsner and a hefeweizen (and don't care to find out). On the flip side, it can be extremely easy to pick the wrong option for a finicky friend, steering them away from the golden nectar of the gods altogether. The good news is that with so many styles to choose from, there is most likely an option that will please even the most adamant of beer haters. Although this list is just a teeny tiny sampling of all the options out there, it can at least give you an idea of what to look for the next time your friends want to go to the brewery that just opened up. Yeah, you know the one. When trying to find beers for people who don't like beer, your best bet is just to ask a bartender who doesn't look too busy.
Once upon a not-too-distant time, the only alcohols that were regularly paired with food by professionals were wines. We all know the regular classic pairings, too. Red wine goes with a well-done steak, white wine goes with seafood. Sake wine goes with sushi, and port goes with a flair for syrupy garbage disguised as culinary masochism.
About two years ago, a former coworker and I were discussing the value of something so simple and yet so effective. I believe this was when he dropped a line from his father, whom he quoted as saying once, “You know…whatever happened to just a…good old fashioned…God given ham on rye?” I’m not quite sure God ever gave out ham along with the bread, but I understood the point.
Beer gardens are booming thanks to the uptick in craft beer companies growing throughout the world. They're gaining popularity in major cities like Milan, St. Petersburg, New York City, and even Beijing - and going to the right beer garden may mean rubbing elbows with celebrities, sommeliers, and chefs alike.
If there's one thing that the White House knows how to do, it's enjoy a great meal. And, what's a great meal without an equally amazing drink to follow? Ever since George Washington was elected president, our nation's leaders always seemed to enjoy a good drink - even when Prohibition was a thing.